What to do if you’re worried about your child’s mental health

Here at Oxford Owl, we know that children’s mental health is a very important issue, so we’ve teamed up with the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) to put together some advice about how you can support your child to cope with stress and anxiety, information about children’s mental health and … Read more

Back to school BINGO

Frustrated by single-word answers from your child about the first weeks at school? Get the conversation started with our Back to school BINGO card. Print it out, stick it on the fridge and see how long it takes to tick off five in a row. Download it now

Book of the Month: Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip

Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip By Harriet Muncaster Half vampire, half fairy, totally unique! Isadora Moon is special because she’s different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both! Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip is the sixth story in a charming … Read more

Children’s dictionaries – how to find the right dictionary for your child

Looking up an unfamiliar word in the dictionary can be a daunting task for many children. Without specially written definitions suited to their reading level, using a dictionary will be frustrating and discouraging, with each new definition containing more confusing words than the last! Encouraging children to use an appropriate dictionary on their own terms … Read more

7 ways to practise multiplication skills at home

In primary school, multiplication is introduced to children as something we use in our real lives. Real things, especially fun or interesting things, bring maths to life and help children to learn using touch and even taste and smell, as well as sight and sound. Here, we have put together some easy activities that you … Read more

Book of the Month — A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Living Dangerously

A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Living Dangerously By Astrid Lindgren Suitable for readers aged 9+ and fans of the Murder Most Unladylike series. Kalle Blomkvist returns in another gripping middle-grade mystery from the internationally bestselling author of Pippi Longstocking. Get your budding young detective on the case, and join Kalle Blomkvist and his friends for a … Read more

Book of the Month: Demon Headmaster – Total Control

The Demon Headmaster: Total Control By Gillian Cross Suitable for readers age 8+ Prepared to be hypnotised . . . The Demon Headmaster is back with a brand new look and a brand new adventure! To celebrate the hotly anticipated return of The Demon Headmaster, we’re giving away a complete set of Demon Headmaster books … Read more

‘Trump’ revealed as Children’s Word of the Year 2017

Trump has been revealed as Children’s Word of the Year by Oxford University Press for BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words. This year, more than 130,000 children entered the BBC 500 Words competition and the team at Oxford Children’s Dictionaries have been poring through all 131,798 entries to identify the Children’s Word of the Year 2017 … Read more

Book of the Month: Knighthood for Beginners

Knighthood for Beginners Elys Dolan Age 7+ HUZZAH! What do you do if you fail your dragon certificate? Become a knight, of course! Join Dave the Dragon and Albrecht, his trusty (goaty) steed, on a fantastically funny quest to convince the court that being rather small, distinctly green, and, frankly, A DRAGON, is no barrier … Read more